Albert Corbett

Albert and his wife Emily Jane lived at the Wharf from around 1920 to at least 1924, possibly a little longer. Albert had a smallholding as well as running the Crown and Anchor Inn and both of these occupations landed him in front of the Daventry Petty Sessions, although on separate occasions.

Jane Priddy, married woman, Long Buckby, was summoned for being quarrelsome and refusing to quit licensed premises, the Crown and Anchor, Long Buckby Wharf, on Feb 23, and Mrs Priddy summoned Mrs Emily Corbett for assault. Mr H W Williams appeared for Corbett.

Albert Corbett, licensee of the Crown and Anchor, Buckby Wharf, said that on Saturday, February 23, defendant came into his house and was served with half a pint of beer. She became quarrelsome and tried to pick a quarrel with a man named Holt. She was abusive and used bad language, and his wife asked her to leave. Finally his wife ejected her, but defendant tried to strike Mrs Corbett. Corroborative evidence was given by Mrs Corbett, Wm Holt and Richard Long.

For defendant, Charles Hy Masters, small holder, Long Buckby, said he heard Mrs Priddy say to her mother she could spend her money where she liked, and Mrs Corbett ordered her out of the house. He saw Mrs Corbett strike her twice. Defendant made a similar statement.

The Bench said it was not a bad case. Priddy was fined 10s and 15s costs, and the cross-summons dismissed.

Northampton Mercury 1920 12 March

Not Albert or Emily’s fault in the slightest – Jane Priddy and William Holt had previously fallen out and there was apparently still bad blood between them.

In March 1921 Albert and Robert Gammage of the George Inn were in trouble with the law:

Albert Corbett, the Wharf, Long Buckby, was summoned for moving three pigs to a destination not specified on a licence at Long Buckby on February 25. Robert Gammage, the Wharf, Long Buckby, was summoned for aiding and abetting Corbett. The offence was admitted. Fined £1 each.

Northampton Chronicle and Echo 1921 24 March

A licence to move livestock is still required now and it is a very serious matter with severe consequences for not abiding by the terms of the licence. Presumably Robert had purchased the three pigs from Albert’s smallholding but they’d glossed over the final destination. Which, at a guess, would be the kitchen of the George Inn. According to the Bank of England inflation calculator, that £1 they were each fined would be roughly equivalent to £50 today. In 1921 it was worth roughly 3 days wages for a skilled tradesman.

For the rest of Albert’s time as publican of the Crown and Anchor, it seems to have been peaceful. Albert and Emily had their last two children at the Wharf, making a total of 6 children. They went back to farm life, moving to Brockhall and then onto Boughton.

Albert was born in Stamford, Lincolnshire on 6 February 1883, and Emily Jane Nichols was born on 2 January 1879 in Camden Town, London. She had moved up to Guilsborough with her mother and took the surname of her mother’s husband Thomas Bosworth. Albert and Emily Jane married at Guilsborough in 1904 according to the General Records Office registration index – but it seems that the passage of time led them to forget exactly which year they had got married, celebrating their golden wedding anniversary a year too early in 1953:

Boughton farmer’s golden wedding.

Mr Albert Corbett, who at 72 still works on his farm at Boughton, and whose five sons are all connected with farming, celebrated with his 73-years-old wife their golden wedding on Tuesday.

Mr and Mrs Corbett, who live at Grange Farm, Boughton, were married at Guilsborough Church.

Mr Corbett was for many years a smallholder at Weedon and then at Buckby Wharf. Before moving to Boughton, he farmed at Ivy House Farm, Brockhall.

Keenly interested in hunting, Mr Corbett for many years followed the Pytchley hounds.

Mrs Corbett has shared her husband’s interests, and also has been a keen flower gardener.

Mr and Mrs Corbett have five sons. Mr Thomas Corbett, the Stag’s Head, Maidwell; Mr Albert Corbett, of Mear Barn Farm, Denton; Mr Artur Corbett, of Glebe Farm, Chapel Brampton; Mr John Corbett, of Pitsford; Mr Eric Corbett of Grange Farm, Boughton; and a daughter, Mrs Beatrice Mason of The Green, Paulerspury. There are eight grandchildren. A family party will be held on Sunday.

Northampton Mercury 1953 9 October

The same edition of the newspaper had notices in the announcements column:

  • Golden Wedding. Corbett-Bosworth. On Oct. 6, 1903, at Guilsborough Church, by Canon Hitchen, Albert Corbett to Emily Jane Bosworth, of Guilsborough. Present address: Grange Farm, Boughton.
  • This was followed by 5 more congratulations messages from family – some of those named are still living so for privacy reasons I won’t copy them out here.

Both Albert and Emily died five years later at Grange Farm, in January 1958 – Albert first on 24 January and Emily just five days later on 29 January.

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